Pope John Paul 2 has passed away. A Christian, but not a Catholic, I feel how great a loss the world has suffered. "Have no fear" were his words when he returned to -then communist- Poland. Since then, the people of East Europe (some I am directly related to) have recovered their freedom. Thank you.
Now that I live in Taiwan, I am concerned with the fate of -still communist- China. It does not have a large catholic community like Poland, but its leaders had recognized the Pope's threat to their power and never allowed him to travel there. I just had an idea while drinking lightly fermented oolong from Lugu: maybe will the Catholic church select a Chinese Pope who can bring the same message of hope and faith to China... or may they choose a Pope who speaks Chinese!
I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.